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Building ESTeEM and ACE raise the profiles of females in STEM

Posted: 22 March, 2019

On International Women’s Day 2019, 85 female students from DEIS schools partnered and linked to TU Dublin visited Grangegorman to hear from staff, industry professionals and students about the exciting opportunities offered by a career in Engineering. The event was organised to coincide with Engineers Week 2019.

TU Dublin student Laura Whelan facilitates a Roboslam workshop.

The Building ESTeEM initiative, delivered by the Access and Civic Engagement (ACE Office) at TU Dublin, was designed to align with the key Athena SWAN objective of addressing the underrepresentation of females in STEM. The goal was to challenge myths around STEM by exploring the diversity of career opportunities for girls and offer fun, meaningful confidence-building activities aimed at increasing participation in higher education. Building ESTeEM also allowed the experts and role models present to inspire and encourage the participants to look at the exciting possibilities of studying and working in STEM industries.

Welcoming the girls to Grangegorman, Rebecca Jones, Building ESTeEM Coordinator, ACE Office said, “Today is all about you, you're going to hear exciting talks from women working in a variety of engineering careers, and get some hands-on experience at our workshops in coding, music production and robot-making.” Launching the event Professor Yvonne Galligan, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at TU Dublin conveyed the importance of diversity in the workplace.

Leslie Shoemaker, Coordinator of the ESTeEM Mentoring Project, emphasised the significance of “Embracing your fears and not letting these feelings stop you from making your future choices, whether it be going into an apprenticeship or going to college.  Fear is a normal part of life so let it be the thing that moves you forward rather than what holds you back.”

Many thanks to all our speakers on the day:

 Una Beagon

Assistant Head, School of Civil and Structural Engineering, TU Dublin - City Campus

 Michelle Hoctor

Marketing Communications Director, Engineering Ireland

 Susan McGarry

European Sustainability Manager at Ecocem and TU Dublin Graduate

 Bhalai Ramanathan

Product Manager with Guidewire

 Catherine O Connor

Author of Cracking the College Code

When the talks ended, the girls split up into groups so they could take part in a range of practical workshops.

  • Roboslam facilitated by students and staff in of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at TU Dublin – City Campus
  • Built Environment Field Trail – School of Transport Engineering Environment & Planning
  • Coding Workshops & Speed Mentoring – 13 Guidewire mentors
  • Science made Simple interactive demonstrations
  • Music Production - Irish electro-pop artist Caz9 & BIMM Dublin

Software company, Guidewire, and Ecocem, a producer of environment-friendly cement provided prizes on the day, which were received warmly by the girls. The event was a huge success. Rebecca, alongside colleagues in the ACE office, would like to offer our sincerest Thank You all those who took part!